Rolling Stones songs: Short and Curlies
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It’s too bad/ She’s got you by the balls…
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Dynamic Sounds Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 25-Dec. 21 1972; Rolling Stones Mobile, Stargroves, Newbury, England, Apr. 1974; Island Recording Studios, London, England, May 20-25 1974
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
The message of this song seems to follow logically from “If You Really
Want to Be My Friend.” The difference lies in the way the frustration of
having a relationship with an interfering woman is expressed. Here it is no
longer the male half of the couple who is speaking, but one of his friends,
who tells him that he has been trapped like a rat in a hole by this woman
who knows his name and telephone number. The slang term short and
curlies refers, of course, to the pubic hair and is used in the expression to
have somebody by the short and curlies to denote having a person under
one’s complete control. From the very first line of the song, however,
Jagger uses the even blunter equivalent: Too bad, she’s got you by the balls,
before launching into a litany of reproaches: she crashed your car, she spent
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